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State of JP outcomes focus on housing affordability

March 27, 2015
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This year’s State of our Neighborhood (SOON), held on Feb. 26 at the Kennedy Elementary School, generated new commitments from community members to improve JP’s housing problems through the lens of racial equity. According to Juan Gonzalez and Giovanny Valencia, employees at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and members of the SOON...

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Community skeptical of Franklin Park Olympics use

March 13, 2015
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Boston 2024 underwent a barrage of aggressive questioning from community members about its proposed use of Franklin Park as an Olympics venue at a meeting March 5. The majority of the roughly 80 attendees at the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC)-hosted meeting ranged from skeptical to outright hostile about the Olympics plan. Boston 2024 suggested...

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Connolly has new kids’ librarian

March 13, 2015
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Connolly has new kids’ librarian

After seven months without a children’s librarian, the Connolly Library at 433 Centre St. welcomed Sujei Lugo to the position in January. Lugo previously lived and worked in Somerville before relocating to JP, within walking distance to her new library. “I moved when I started here,” she told the Gazette last week. “I haven’t...

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New BPS superintendent is chosen

March 13, 2015
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In a 5-to-2 vote on March 3, the Boston School Committee named Dr. Tommy Chang the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools (BPS). “Dr. Chang will provide the leadership that our school system needs and I am confident that his innovative views on education will move our students forward. We need a transformative leader...

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Comunidad escéptica acerca de las Olimpiadas

March 13, 2015
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En una reunión el 5 de marzo, Boston 2024 recibió una oleada de interrogación de miembros de la comunidad sobre su uso propuesto de Franklin Park como uno de las sedes olímpicas. La mayoría de los ochenta asistentes a la reunión presentada por la coalición de Franklin Park (FCP) fue escéptica e incluso hostil...

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DCR extends Arborway comment period

March 13, 2015
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A proposed bicycle-oriented redesign of the Arborway between Murray and Kelley Circles that would replace the historic rotaries with modern roundabouts has had its public comment date extended to March 20. Created and advertised as a plan to create and improve bicycle facilities on the Arborway, the plan would replace Murray Circle with two...

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English High alumnus Leonard Nimoy dies

March 13, 2015
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Leonard Nimoy, an English High School alumnus and best known for playing the part-human, part-alien Spock in the 1960s “Star Trek” series, died Feb. 27. He was 83. Nimoy died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which he blamed on his years of smoking. He announced last year that he had the disease. Born...

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EHS staffer charged with shooting student

March 13, 2015
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An employee of JP’s English High School (EHS) is charged with attempting to murder an EHS student in Roxbury on March 3 in a shooting related to drug-dealing, according to Suffolk County District Attorney spokesperson Jake Wark. Shaun Harrison, 55, was working as “dean of academy” at EHS at 144 McBride St. at the...

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Gallery, store close down; bike shop to expand

March 13, 2015
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The Hallway Gallery and the Room 68 furniture store closed down on Dec. 31. An expansion of the neighboring Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, as well as a marketing firm, are taking over their South Street storefronts. Brent Refsland ran the Hallway at 66a South for six years, and with partner Eric Portnoy, operated Room...

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50-52 Montebello won’t mix with bigger project

March 13, 2015
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The proposed development on the 3200 block of Washington Street between Montebello and Iffley roads will not include the properties at 50-52 Montebello Road, as originally suggested by the developers. Instead, the City Department of Neighborhood development (DND) will offer a Request for Proposals (RFP) by the end of the month for renovations of...

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